The following phase is usually the baby phase. Some may opt out of this phase. Then it's showers, gifts and a whirlwind of activity. Fast forward to the first day of school, the crying, the parents worrying about whether their child will ever adjust. We run around signing up for tee ball, gymnastics, swimming lessons, hockey to make sure our children have the best possible exposure to a variety of things. I call this phase the taxi phase and you're the taxi.
Graduations, sweet 16's, rights of passage, gifts and parties and proms and new drivers all scare the heck out of you. This phase is the car rental phase. You own the car but don't get to charge for the rental. You just get to pay unusually high insurance fees for your inexperienced driver. We won't even talk about the dings, scratches and accidents.
Now I'm in the recurring cycle of showers, weddings, gifts and parties. Unless it's your event, it's pretty stress free and I admit, it's fun watching these toddlers grow up are now getting married. This past weekend was one of the shower events. I must admit, I was pretty quiet and deep in thought about the journey of the beautiful young bride to be - beaming, really grown up and totally beautiful.
The Bride to Be
The Alcohol (my first stop after realizing how old I am)
The Food (logical next place to visit)
Roast Beef Appetizer
Skewers of Chicken with Mango, Caprese Combo
Everyone brought one of their favourite recipes to create a starter cookbook for Janis. Some even made the recipe and brought it for her to sample to make sure she likes it.
Don't you love it when someone's taking a picture of you taking a picture of them
And... on the way out, lovely gifts for the partiers.
The moral of the story - no matter what stage you're at - ENJOY THE JOURNEY!!!